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St Olaf College

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityD- Faculty AccessibilityA
Useful SchoolworkD Excess CompetitionB+
Academic SuccessC Creativity/ InnovationB
Individual ValueB+ University Resource UseB
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyA- FriendlinessA-
Campus MaintenanceB Social LifeF
Surrounding CityD Extra CurricularsD-
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Approachable, Closeminded

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful

Quite Bright
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He cares more about Extra Curriculars than the average student.
Date: Apr 26 2005
Major: Undecided (This Major's Salary over time)
Unless you plan on entering the music program at St. Olaf (which really is top notch), I would urge you to carefully consider the type of person you are before attending this school. If you feel that you are in any way an independent person or "self-starter," then avoid this school like the plague - it will assuredly drive you absolutely insane. The administration is so protective that they forbid alcohol on campus (even for those of age), and keep such a close eye on students that kids are sometimes apprehended for things as minor climbing trees or trying to sleep outdoors! Add this to the fact that the campus is an impenetrable bubble set atop a hill, and you have a prime recipe for a soul-sapping college experience. Seriously, it's like high school: part 2, even down to the cliqueshness of students.

Academically speaking, this school is not at all what I expected. I came hoping to be challenged, but I found that all of my courses were vastly easier than most of my senior high school classes! Studying? Not here: the amount of busywork is just ridiculous, and you do pay quite a bit to partake in this kind of silliness. They also pride themselves on international programs, which is certainly justified. HOWEVER - independent-minded students beware: St. Olaf only allows a mere 4 transfer credits (compared to most other colleges which allow 16 or more), so if you want to study on a non-St. Olaf program you will find yourself very limited. Also, upon comparison many, many other schools have similiar international options (if not better).

So unless you ENJOY being treated like a twelve-year-old, having everything handed to you on a silver platter by an administration that will try and regulate everything except perhaps where and when you go to the bathroom, then reconsider your application. I am transferring to another institution this fall, and am absolutely ecstatic that I will only be here for another 3 weeks.

commentThey allow 4 transfer credits, but because St. Olaf has a different system, where one St. Olaf credit is worth about four outside credits; thus, those four credits translate into the sixteen that you say other colleges allow.
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